Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira has suggested that his journey into management started later in his playing career when he was at Manchester City.
Vieira spent nine years at Arsenal between 1996 and 2005. In this time, he won the Premier League and FA Cup three times apiece.
After spells at Juventus and Inter Milan, the midfielder returned to the Premier League in 2010 as he joined Man City. After playing 46 times for City, he retired from professional football at the end of the 2010/11 season.
Vieira has since stepped into management. He had spells in charge of New York City FC and Nice before he took over at Crystal Palace this summer.
The Eagles currently sit 14th in the Premier League after seven games. They face Arsenal at the Emirates on Monday night.
Vieira was recently asked by the Guardian if Wenger was the biggest influence on his managerial career:
“Not really. When I was 20 and working with Arsene he gave me that confidence I needed to express myself and he made me grow as a person as well. He made me understand the mistakes I was making.
“But wanting to go into coaching – that came later when I was at City. They made me understand that I had a lot to give back to football. And Brian Marwood was fantastic. If I really have somebody to thank for the journey so far it would be him.”
Marwood stepped in as Man City’s Director of Football in 2009 and he has since become their CFG Managing Director of Global Football.
Vieira added: “When I decided to move into that journey of becoming a manager there are options and choices and you just follow your route. Today that journey has taken me to Crystal Palace and I’m very grateful to have been given the opportunity.”
On the Arsenal game, Vieira has admitted that this visit to the Emirates will be “emotional” for him:
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Vieira.
“I had the chance to play for this football club for nine years. I arrived at this football club when I was a kid and I left as a man.
“That is the club where I played my best football I would say.
“So obviously going back there will be emotional. But I will put that on the side because it will be important for us to perform well and to get points.”
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